SMRT Bus Service 985

SMRT Bus Service 985 is a trunk route between Choa Chu Kang Interchange and Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, passing through Teck Whye, Bukit Batok West, Bukit Batok, Jln Jurong Kechil, PIE, Jln Toa Payoh and Boon Keng Road.

985
44009 Choa Chu Kang Int NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
44539 Lot 1/Choa Chu Kang Stn NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44399 Opp Blk 210 Choa Chu Kang Dr
44299 Cck Polyclinic Teck Whye Ave
44289 Blk 6 Teck Whye Ave
44279 Blk 157 Teck Whye Ave
44139 Opp Blk 26 BP4 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44159 Bt Batok Fire Stn Bt Batok Rd
44169 Bef Bt Batok West Ave 5 Bt Batok Rd
43529 Opp Bt Batok Driving Ctr Bt Batok West Ave 5
43641 Opp HomeTeamNS Bt Batok West Ave 7
43831 Blk 334 Bt Batok West Ave 7
43491 Blk 331 Bt Batok West Ave 4
43481 Blk 315 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43471 Blk 306 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43461 Aft Bt Batok West Ave 5 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43411 Opp Blk 628 NS2 Bt Batok Ctrl
43421 Blk 503 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43431 Opp Blk 242 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43441 Opp Blk 258 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43229 Opp Blk 266 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43209 Autobacs Bt Batok East Ave 6
42199 Aft Bt Batok East Ave 6 Jln Jurong Kechil
42189 The Hillford Jln Jurong Kechil
42179 Aft Chun Tin Rd Jln Jurong Kechil
42169 Opp Blk 19 Jln Jurong Kechil
42159 Opp Beauty World Stn DT5 Jln Jurong Kechil
42259 Goh & Goh Bldg Jln Jurong Kechil
51091 Opp Catholic JC PIE
51101 Old Police Academy PIE
52071 Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
52081 Aft Blk 195 Jln Toa Payoh
60081 St. Andrew'S Village Jln Toa Payoh
60179 MOM Svcs Ctr Bendemeer Rd
60159 Blk 54 Bendemeer Rd
60139 Blk 44 Bendemeer Rd
60119 Opp Boon Keng Stn NE9 Bendemeer Rd
60059 Bef Kallang Pl Boon Keng Rd
80109 Opp Kallang Stn/Blk 2C EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80009 Lor 1 Geylang Ter EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80009 Lor 1 Geylang Ter EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80101 Kallang Stn/Opp Blk 2C EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
60051 Opp Kallang Pl Boon Keng Rd
60191 Blk 7 Boon Keng Rd
60121 Boon Keng Stn/Blk 102 NE9 S'goon Rd
60141 Opp Bendemeer Pr Sch S'goon Rd
60161 St. Michael's Pl S'goon Rd
60181 Aft Moonstone Lane S'goon Rd
60089 Opp St. Andrew'S Village Jln Toa Payoh
52089 Opp Blk 195 Jln Toa Payoh
52079 Opp Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
51099 Catholic JC Whitley Rd
42089 Opp Bt Timah Plaza Jln Anak Bt
42071 Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch Upp Bt Timah Rd
42151 Beauty World Stn Exit C DT5 Jln Jurong Kechil
42161 Blk 18 Jln Jurong Kechil
42171 Signature Pk Condo Jln Jurong Kechil
42181 Opp The Hillford Jln Jurong Kechil
42191 Bef Bt Batok East Ave 6 Jln Jurong Kechil
43201 Opp Autobacs Bt Batok East Ave 6
43221 Blk 267 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43449 Blk 258 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43439 Blk 242 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43429 Blk 240 Bt Batok East Ave 2
43419 Aft Bt Batok Stn/Blk 628 NS2 Bt Batok Ctrl
43469 Bef Bt Batok West Ave 5 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43479 Opp Blk 305 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43489 Opp Blk 315 Bt Batok West Ave 2
43499 Blk 419 Bt Batok West Ave 4
43839 Opp Blk 336 Bt Batok West Ave 7
43649 HomeTeamNS Bt Batok West Ave 7
43521 Bt Batok Driving Ctr Bt Batok West Ave 5
44161 Aft Bt Batok West Ave 5 Bt Batok Rd
44151 Opp Bt Batok Fire Stn Bt Batok Rd
44131 Blk 26 BP4 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44271 Bet Blks 13/14 Teck Whye Ave
44281 Blk 8 Teck Whye Ave
44291 Opp Cck Polyclinic Teck Whye Ave
44391 Aft Blk 202 Choa Chu Kang Dr
44009 Choa Chu Kang Int NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
Passes Through Teck Whye, Bukit Batok West, Bukit Batok, Jln Jurong Kechil, PIE, Jln Toa Payoh, Boon Keng Road
Route Length 25.7 km (D1) | 26.0 km (D2)
Travelling Time 75 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Buses park at: Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
MAN A95
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Lor 1 Geylang
0545 – 2330 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 11 mins
1700-1900: 11 mins
After 1900: 11 – 12 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 13 mins
1700-1900: 10 mins
After 1900: 11 – 12 mins

Service 985 is an inter-town trunk route linking housing estates around Choa Chu Kang / Teck Whye, Bukit Batok and Jln Jurong Kechil with the Central areas of Boon Keng and Kallang, incorporating an express sector along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) between Jln Jurong Kechil and Jln Toa Payoh.

The route compliments Service 190 and 975 for the Choa Chu Kang – Teck Whye stretch and Service 188 for the Choa Chu Kang – Bt Gombak stretch. It also plies between Bukit Batok – Jalan Toa Payoh along the PIE, providing a slightly longer alternative route for passengers who would otherwise rely on Express 506.

Demand for this route remains moderate throughout the day and operates at generally low frequencies, with comparably higher demand during peak hours. Double-Decker bus deployments started since 13 Jul 2015, and articulated buses do appear on the route once in a while.

MRT / LRT Stations Served:

Special Departures:

  • Choa Chu Kang Road (Blk 26)  Choa Chu Kang Int
    Weekdays/Sat: 0520hrs, 0535hrs, 0550hrs, 0605hrs
    Sun/PHs: 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 2003 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.

History:

  • 2003 (27 Jul): Introduced after the merger of Services 185 and 989, running between Choa Chu Kang Int and Lor 1 Geylang Ter.
  • 2006 (30 Apr): Amended to serve Bt Batok West Ave 5 & 7 instead of Bt Batok Rd & Bt Batok West Ave 7. Deleted sector between Bt Batok Rd & Bt Batok West Ave 7 was re-introduced as Service 985W on 15th Oct 2006, but subsequently withdrawn on 13th Oct 2007.
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (13 Jul): Start of double decker deployments
  • 2018 (16 Dec): Calls at relocated Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange.

Past Routings:

 

One thought on “SMRT Bus Service 985

  • 22 September 2018 at 11:56 PM
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    Wrong impression that there are just as many double-decks on this fleet as single decks. May not be sufficient to meet demand. Compared to some 15-20 single decks, 4-5 DDs operate on this route on weekdays (SG5428, SG5429, SG5430, SG5823, SG5825), . Any 2 of the of the 5 on Saturdays and none on Sundays and PHs. A very peculiar arrangement. Is the company trying to save on diesel?

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